Monday, March 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Zebra Said Shhh by M.R. Nelson

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be when the need to read strikes day or night, we've got something to delight, enchant or help chase away the sleepy time blues...or welcome them as is the case today.

Today, we're playing host to an Xist Publishing blog tour (the last stop too!) featuring a newly released title that is sure to get you and yours ready for bed...but just as surely can make sleep a distant memory.  Curious?  Lets satisfy that curiosity, shall we? Please welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice....

The Zebra Said Shhh
Illustrated by
Tamia Sheldon

A story about animals both big and small in a zoo that could be anywhere, even perchance the one nearest your own home, preparing for that nightly time of rest (that escapes some of us) we like to call...sleep.  *listens*  Hmm.  It seems we don't have a lot of takers from the start on that idea though, so the zebra takes it upon himself to play time keeper for the night.  A few dozen reminders later and we have a peaceful scene of contentment for everyone as heads meet pillows, or rather grassy tufts, watery bubbles and mud puddles around the zoo bringing our adorable little story to a close.

Truth be told, I can honestly see this one being read to little ones at almost any time of day, not simply bedtime or nap time   How can that be with a title/story line like that?  I'll tell you how...because it's unique.  It celebrates the sounds of life from all the critters in the zoo and invites readers to make them along with the animals mentioned...after all, how else is one to read about the seals..."They said 'ar, ar' and splashed around in their pool" ...without actually MAKING the sound?  ^_^    The uniqueness comes out after we make our initial rounds as each animal falls under the enticing spell of a good night's rest; closing their eyes, getting all snuggled in their tree, den or favorite grassy knoll and leading *yawn* readers to *yawn* finally join the....zzzz.  -wakes up- Oops!  Sorry.  The book is just so relaxing!  ^_^

Aside from the active or passive approach to reading the story, you also have the artwork to contend with...and by contend I mean marvel at.  Each swipe of the finger or click or the mouse brings you the equivalent of a two page full color spread with beautiful renditions of all your animal friends.  From the zebra to the hippo, the giraffe to the turtle, they are all represented in their habitats and in eye catching colors that will fascinate the tall and the small.  My favorite?  The, the, the zebra!  Wait, can't I just have THREE favorites?  *decides in the affirmative*  Which one will be yours?  *curious*

Author M.R. Nelson
In conclusion, another great release from a name that's becoming well known in the Children's ebook arena featuring something we all love in some fashion...animals and sleep!  ^_^  The perfect read for your kiddos next bedtime?  Maybe.  A great selection for the next show and tell at school?  Perhaps.  Better still, we'll sum it up as a great read for all ages but geared towards the little ones that will have you bark-ar-stomp-snap-snort-ing til you reach book's end...and perhaps beyond.

Ebook for review courtesy of Calee at Xist Publishing.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their growing collection, be sure to visit their official website or follow along on Twitter.  To discover more about the author, she can be found blogging over at Wandering Scientist or on Twitter.  This book was released March 5th, 2013 and is available online at most virtual retailers.  As previously mentioned, today's post was part of a blog tour, and though today may be the final stop, the fun lives on!  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour as it made its way through the blogosphere, snippets of which can be found in their Twitter feed.

Until next time...happy reading!